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Museum policies in Europe between 1990 and 2010: Negotiating political and professional utopia

Oslo 27-29 June 2012

osloThis conference presents an arena in which academics, museum managers and cultural politicians get the chance to meet and debate a matter deeply important to everybody concerned with cultural identity uses in a late modern and postmodern society, and more specifically to those studying the future role and responsibilities of national museum institutions in this regard.

Image: Protestors outside the National Museum in Oslo. Photo André Gali.

Central questions being discussed are: how is the role of national museums conceived in a Europe realizing the impact of globalization and mass human migration? How is cohesiveness built and change negotiated through the implementation of museum policies? Are the voices of old and new minorities heard and taken into account? In which ways is the present and future role of national museums discussed in media and public debates?

It is likely that national museum policies and debates on such policies have developed differently around Europe, thus Eunamus researchers present findings from five different countries: Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary and Norway as well as from the European Union (EU).  The aim is to establish some main perspectives on the development in Europe during the past 20 years. The short temporal dimension is chosen to capture the processes of policy development, particularly around the end of the Cold War and the enlargement of the EU. It will also respond to the social implications of expansion and redefinition, both in old and new European nations, and map the European response to global issues of asylum and mass migration reflected in national museums.

Besides presentations of research findings, the conference includes a panel debate with invited speakers and commentators.

This is your chance to negotiate political and professional utopia with prominent actors on the European museum political field in 2012!

There is no conference fee, but all participants (except invited speakers) must take care of accommodation and travel themselves.

For participation, contact Lill Eilertsen preferably within the 6th of June on the following e-mail address: lill.eilertsen@ikos.uio.no

We expect the conference to be fully booked.

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